It’s lights out for New York International Latino Film Festival

A film festival that helped launch the careers of hundreds Latino actors and filmmakers has reached the end of its reel, and now the co-directors are offering conflicting explanations for its demise.

Calixto Chinchilla announced this week that he is closing the curtains on the New York International Latino Film Festival. The festival founder chalked up his decision to end its 13-year run to “economics.”

“It certainly wasn’t a fly-by-night decision; it was a decision that was well over a year in the making,” said Chinchilla, 35, the festival founder. “I cried over it.”

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